AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Amarillo Independent School District Board announced a special meeting for Tuesday at 12 p.m. to be held at the AmTech Career Academy, expected to focus on stakeholder discussions.
Over the course of several months, AISD has hosted listening circles to hear what is most important to students, parents and other members of the AISD community.
“A lot of times when we’re in the public we’re doing a lot of talking and we wanted to flip that on its head, and spend some time listening,” said Kimberly Anderson, President of Amarillo Independent School District Board of Trustees. “So today, we invited those people back to hear the common themes, we found in all of those conversations, and to help us prioritize what we need to address first, so that we can be a continuously improving district.”
The number one theme the group would like AISD to address first is relationships according to Anderson. Other themes include quality of teachers and staff, culture, safety and security, meaningful and relevant work along with other themes that are focused on helping students prepare for the future.
Anderson continued, “It’s really important that we all come together in partnership and work together because these are not just our students. They’re your kids and your grandkids and your neighbors. They’re the people you encounter out in the community and it’s really important for everyone in our community to have a great education and great opportunities so that they can be successful, and we can all contribute together.
According to the published meeting agenda, the Amarillo ISD Board will accept submitted public comments before proceeding to a discussion with local stakeholders surrounding recent listening sessions in the community aimed at collecting feedback about the district. Those feedback topics noted in the agenda included the district and its schools, school culture and climate, safety, student programs, and community involvement.
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